<![CDATA[Azarius News]]> http://azarius.es/news/ The Very Advanced, Utterly Cool, Super Duper Azarius RSS Generator v2.34.445 info@azarius.net (azarius.net) <![CDATA[The magic of mushroom cultivation]]> http://azarius.es/news/701/The_magic_of_mushroom_cultivation/ Always wanted to cultivate your own magic mushrooms? Why not start now?

Mushroom cultivation is not difficult, it just requires a bit of care and attention. Mushrooms grow from spores and especially the inoculation phase, where you inject the spores in a sterilized substrate is a little hazardous, as contamination needs to be prevented.

After a couple of weeks the mycelium will be fully developed and the fruiting season can begin! Itís absolutely amazing to see how your babies turn from small pinheads into full-grown beauties. And every strain has its own specific looks.

Step-by-step

We just added a brand new encyclopaedia article on mushroom cultivation. It contains a step-by-step guide, useful information on different species and strains, a quick look into the history of mushroom cultivation and lots of helpful links.

Did you for example know magic mushrooms grow all over the world? And did you know this was only a recent discovery? Psilocybe azurescens is the most potent species and it actually grows outdoors in a Northern European climate. However, Psilocybe cubensis is the most widespread species as itís the easiest one to cultivate. Indoors it grows all year long. So actually every moment is a good moment to start...

Magic mushroom cultivation

Want to learn more? You know where to go!

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<![CDATA[Science, b*tch! Cannabis safer than alcohol and tobacco]]> http://azarius.es/news/702/Science_b_tch_Cannabis_safer_than_alcohol_and_tobacco/ The people who call the shots are sure of it. They need to protect us against cannabis. This little plant constitutes a big risk to your health. Yet, how realistic is this image?

Completely unrealistic, according to science. But the people who dictate policies are not listening.

Do you want to live a long and prosperous life, but would you still like to add a little colour it every now and then? If there was an official recommendation seal for recreational drugs, cannabis would take the number one spot. A joint is relatively safe. Up to 114 timers safer than alcohol in fact, as shown in a recent study.

Least risky drug

In this study, scientists tested a number of known stimulants (it's a dirty job, but someone has to do it). They've determined the difference between a conventional dose and lethal dose. With alcohol, this gap is the smallest. With cannabis the largest. Meaning that killing yourself by overdosing on cannabis is highly unlikely.

Least risky recreational substances

That doesn't mean that smoking or otherwise using cannabis is completely safe, but it shows that a few tokes are not as devastating on the body as you would be led to believe. Important to note: it's also about quantity. A glass of wine now and again is less harmful than smoking a joint every day.

Be Wise, Vaporize

But if you want to reduce harm even further, you'd do well not to smoke at all. For example by using a vaporizer or by using edibles. This lets you prevent the intake of harmful by-products you really don't want.

Pigs in the mud

It's deeply tragic these facts don't seem to register with the people that are in control of the Netherlands. The department of justice wants to completely eliminate cannabis cultivation. To 'protect us', as they are fully convinced that cannabis is a big threat to your well-being.

Bart Nieuwenhuizen, chief prosecutor and member of the hemp task force. "We need to get rid of the romantic image of a happy spliff smoker. Soft drugs make people sluggish. It's about organized crime that undermines society as well as something that is very harmful to public health."

That 'romantic image' is a prejudice (we're working on it). There wouldn't be any crime without the repressive legislation. As to public health, the truth is - at the very least - much more nuanced. Dutch legislators are bathing in ignorance like pigs bathing in the mud.

Sources & read more

Scientific Reports, Washington Post, The Verge.

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<![CDATA[Altered states of cooking: Holy CrÍpe ]]> http://azarius.es/news/699/Altered_states_of_cooking__Holy_Cr_pe/ Today another recipe for some mind-bending cooking. Looks familiar? Maybe you already read about our famous holy crpes in the latest Azarius magazine...

Vegan Maca Pancakes

Holy crpe! How could this be bad, right? For those not familiar with maca, its an extremely nutritious energizer and potency enhancer.

The maca root contains a high amount of minerals (calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc), sterols and up to twenty essential fatty acids, lipids, fibre, carbohydrates, protein, and amino acids. Maca is very healthy and absolutely tasty!

Maca pancakes

Enough for about 8 pancakes:

  • 1 banana
  • 3 tablespoons of Herbs of the Gods maca powder
  • 1 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon of unrefined sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups of soy/rice/almond milk
  • Pinch of salt

Mix all ingredients together, until very smooth. Oil a pan and when hot, use a ladle to dose the pancakes into the pan. Wait for a couple of minutes, with medium heat, and give it a shake.

The pancake should slide easily. Flip it like a boss. Wait a couple more minutes et voil, your holy crpe is ready to go!

Serve with ice cream, fruit, maple syrup or anything you like.

Maca pancakes

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<![CDATA[Herbs, but better: 20% off herbal extracts]]> http://azarius.es/news/703/Herbs_but_better__20__off_herbal_extracts/ Imagine the perfect herb. Now imagine something even better.

We call it herbs 2.0: the future of herbs. Forget what you thought you knew about herbs, because this innovation is so cutting edge you could slice your bread with it.

Herbal extracts are like herbs, but more concentrated, so you need less to achieve the same effect. Use extracts as a tea, in a capsule or in your favourite vaporizer.

Popular extracts include kratom and salvia, as well as Herbs of the Gods extracts such as guarana (Paullinia cupana), dream herb (Calea zacatechichi), damiana (Turnera diffusa) extract 50x (new) and blue lotus (Nymphaea caerulea).

Did we mention our extracts are 20% off in June*? So what are you waiting for?

Discover the future of herbs, today!

* Excluding kanna extracts. Sorry.

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<![CDATA[The five most dangerous psychedelic plants ]]> http://azarius.es/news/698/The_five_most_dangerous_psychedelic_plants/ Hundred years ago synthetic drugs barely existed, psychedelic mushrooms were still undiscovered and the first Western report on peyote had just been written. In order to trip, psychonauts sometimes took huge risks. They consumed plants that are very toxic and that even may be fatal (in high doses).

Here you can read about the five most dangerous psychedelic plants that in the past were used by psychonauts, despite their high toxicity.

1. Ergot

Ergot (Claviceps purpurea) is a fungus that grows on rye and other cereal plants. It contains LSA, the substance that forms the basis for LSD. LSA itself is very trippy. During the Eleusian mysteries the ancient Greek drank a brew made of ergot in order to induce a state of trance.

However, one should be very careful with ergot: if the grains (that are used to bake bread as well) are infected, itís highly toxic. Consuming it may lead to intestinal cramps, vomiting, seizures, convulsions, hallucinations and cramps in the arteries. In very severe cases, limbs can die and even death may follow.

In the past it sometimes happened that complete cities were poisoned, because the bread of the bakery was infected. The population not only suffered from severe hallucinations, part of it died as well.

Jimson weed

2. Jimson weed

Jimson weed (Datura stramonium) or thornapple used to be one of the most well-known psychedelics in Europe. It was mainly used in witchesí flying ointment. The plant has beautiful white flowers, but donít be mistaken by them! They are very poisonous. Especially in high doses they can cause insanity, unconsciousness and even death.

Itís also possible to get stuck in a thornapple jouney, which will leave you insane for a longer period of time. Most people experience a trip on Jimson weed as unpleasant. Often the effects are so intense you forget you took something and it takes you over completely. For this reason itís seldomly used nowadays.

Deadly nightshade Atropa belladonna

3. Deadly nightshade

Deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna) also knows a long history of use. Women used to drop small amounts in their eyes to enlarge their pupils Ė which was considered sensual. Belladonna also is a strong psychedelic with lots of side-effects, like headaches, convulsions and loss of consciousness. Itís high toxicity made it a useful aid to murder people.

4. Mescal beans

Mescal beans (Sophora secundiflora) contain cytisine. This substance causes hallucinations, but is also very toxic. It was used by the indigenous people of Mexico. During a ceremony they danced and drank a brew made of mescal beans. Fortunately, they no longer follow this tradition, as regularly people died. Currently, they use the much safer peyote.

Mescal beans

5. Henbane

Henbane (Hyoscyamus niger) contains alkaloids that are reminiscent of those in Jimson weed. Henbane contains hyoscyamine, which is similar to atropine (one of the alkaloids in Jimson weed), but two times as strong. The dangers of this plant are similar to those of Jimson weed. Henbane may cause lasting insanity. Thatís why the plant is not much used anymore.



Fortunately the modern psychonaut doesnít have to embark on these kind of hazardous journeys anymore, as many less dangerous alternatives are available.



Written by: Sofie

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<![CDATA[Celebrate Cannabis Liberation Day with us in Amsterdam!]]> http://azarius.es/news/700/Celebrate_Cannabis_Liberation_Day_with_us_in_Amsterdam/ On June 14, Amsterdam celebrates Cannabis Liberation Day, the biggest cannabis and hemp festival in our country.

'The liberation of cannabis has never been more important in the Netherlands than it is today,' says VOC chairman Derrick Bergman. 'If we want to keep up with the pace of the current international events, we must work towards regulation, and eventually legalisation of cannabis'.'

Program

The main stage will host a full range of artists, DJs and speakers amongst them the Canadian couple Marc and Jodie Emery, the Prince and Princess of Pot, Annie Machon, former MI5 agent and director of LEAP Europe and our own Doede de Jong, Holland's most well known cannabis grower.

Besides the show, there's a big hemp fair and a Cannabis Filmfestival, as well as a diverse selection of small food caterers. What's more, the Highlife Cannabis Cup and the Koos Zwart Award. In the film tent there'll be two panel discussions with (inter)national experts about medical cannabis and the threats and opportunities of regulation.

New at the festival is the arrival of the Medical Cannabis Bike Tour. With this international bike tour funds are collected for research into the possibilities of using cannabis to fight cancer.

Azarius Vape Lab

Discover what your favourite cannabis strain tastes like in the HerbalAire, the Firefly, the Summit or the VapirRise 2.0!

We've created a Vape Lab where you can test and try different table top and portable vaporizers. When compared to smoking, vaporizing has only advantages. We look forward to have you experience them yourself on this Cannabis Liberation Day!

Vapelab Azarius

More facts about CLD:

  • CLD has been organised every year since 2009.
  • The festival went from a couple of hundred visitors to over 6000 visitors last year.
  • Alcohol won't be sold, but small amounts for personal use will be tolerated.
  • The hashtag for Twitter, Instagram and Facebook is #Cannabisbevrijdingsdag or #Cannabisliberationday
  • The festival has gained popularity allover Europe and welcomes therefore more international visitors every year
    • More info: http://www.cannabisliberationday.org

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      How do we know about the effects of all the plants, herbs and other products on our website? Of course some substances have undergone thorough scientific research. But thereís also herbs and plants that are less well known.

      Usually thereís stories written in books, and more and more information can be found online, but a real psychonaut knows: in order to really know you have to test it yourself. Preferably a couple of times in different settings. And every time you have to diligently note the dose, the time of taking it, the set and setting and the development of the effects over time.

      Self-experimentation: nothing new

      Scientists and other curious explorers have been experimenting on themselves for ages. In a sense itís quite natural. Picture the era before internet, books and centralised (access to) research: how would you gain knowledge about products from nature? Indeed, by trying.

      Nowadays itís frowned upon, but not so long ago, just before LSD became illegal in the early 70s, it was common practice among psychologists and psychiatrists to self-experiment with this substance. It was even a requirement to be able to work with it. Therapists greatly valued these experiences that gave them new insights in the workings of the mind and more empathy towards the experiences of their patients.

      Nitrous oxide self-experimentation

      Sasha Shulgin was one of the forebears of a more structured way of self-experimentation. His books Pihkal and Tihkal, with detailed and neatly organised trip reports on the incredible amount of chemicals he synthesised, are still considered a standard work in the scene. In order to get information out as objective as possible, he developed the Shulgin Rating Scale, that specifically refers to the intensity of the experience. His work set stage for many trip reports you can nowadays find on forums like Psychonaut or Erowid.

      Self-experimentation and the psychedelic scene

      Why are these self-experiments so interesting? Because every human being is different. Body metabolism, psychological background, sensitivity, you name it. Especially psychedelic experiences always bear an element of unpredictability: itís never the same between persons. Even if the same person takes the same substance twice, the experience will be different. This unpredictability makes every trip report an interesting endeavour, both to write and to read.

      The more trip reports available, the more clear it becomes what one in general can say about the effect of a substance. This is how we learn, and how we're able to advise new users.

      Shulgin self-experimentation

      Azarius Test Team

      At Azarius we highly value this method and we gratefully browse and use the immense online collection of trip reports to learn more about all those interesting plants and substances out there. In line with this tradition we launched our very own Azarius Test Team previous year.

      Over 600 lucky ĎAzalystsí were asked to review a variety of products. The first results are now available. We do not only present independent trip reports, but also analyse the data we gathered.This makes it possible to describe the average effect / experience.

      The results are pictured in infographics on every respective product page and provide a quick and simple overview of the effects of every substance, regarding the dose. Now you can see in a glance whether a product could be appealing to you! More information about the Azarius Test Team can be found on this page.

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      <![CDATA[This is your chance]]> http://azarius.es/news/697/This_is_your_chance/ At Azarius we receive a lot of questions. No surprise there, as psychedelics are not vegetables and you canít get them from the grocery store around the corner either. Whether you want to grow them or consume them, thereís a lot to know before you step into wonderland.

      Knowledge is everything.

      So when the awesome Mushroom Magazine asked us for a collaboration where we would answer readersí questions, we knew what to do. With 16 years of experience in natural highs, we love to share everything weíve learned along the way with people like you from all over Europe.

      ASK AZARIUS is now live.

      This is your chance to ask everything youíve always wanted to know about psychedelics.

      No question is too weird (unless it involves your mother in law), no plant or substance needs to be left out (even if itís not legally available in your country) because if anything, information should be free.

      Ask Azarius

      Have you checked out the New Mushroom?

      Mushroom Magazine is worldís leading psytrance magazine. For more than 10 years it has been reporting on all the colourful aspects of life: music, art, parties, colourful people and the psychedelic experience to name a few.

      2015 is the year of the New Mushroom, the magazine has been reborn in A5 format with more room for superb content and art. We love it!

      Mushroom magazine

      2015 Trancerís guide to the Galaxy is out now!

      Are you into psytrance and festivals? Make sure not to miss Mushroomís trancey sister, the Trancer’s Guide to the galaxy. The 2015 edition has just been released! This handy guide helps you discover all the European trance festivals that are worth a visit. Knowledge is everything, but new adventures and new party destinations are, too!

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      <![CDATA[Coming out of the Green Closet]]> http://azarius.es/news/696/Coming_out_of_the_Green_Closet/ In many environments cannabis has a bad reputation, mainly because itís illegal. At work people donít dare to tell they smoke a joint once in a while. Between parents and children itís a huge taboo as well. Strange, when you consider the fact that cannabis is far less harmful than alcohol and tobacco Ė substances that are socially accepted and legal.

      Keeping quiet about your own use maintains the stigma. Right now, itís time to turn the tide. All over the world cannabis awareness campaigns are being launched. In the Netherlands there is Cannabis Aangenaam. In the US Coming out Green and We are the Marijhuana Majority. These initiatives are inspired by hopeful developments in the US and Uruguay, countries that recently (partially) legalised cannabis use.

      Stop the War on Drugs

      Also relevant in this respect is the international campaign Breaking the Taboo that questions the War on Drugs. The initiators protest against the 1961 UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, that according to them causes lots of suffering.

      The treaty, signed by 185 countries, should be abolished or at least changed to make better drug policies possible. An impressive list of influential persons Ė amongst whom (former) presidents, artists and scientists Ė already signed the petition.

      Cannabis Aangenaam

      The Dutch campaign - literally ĎCannabis, pleased to meet youí - shows short movies of well-known (and less well-known) Dutch citizens who are īcoming out of the closetí regarding their cannabis use. They tell about their relationship with the plant and their ideas about regulation. Inspired? Cannabis Aangenaam Team still searches for more contributions...

      Who went before you? Alternet created a list of the 50 most influential cannabis users: Most influential marijuana users.

      Watch the movie of ĎComing out Greení:

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      <![CDATA[A trip in a capsule]]> http://azarius.es/news/695/A_trip_in_a_capsule/ Usually a good trip requires some effort and cumbersome preparations. You have to cultivate, harvest, crunch, beat, squeeze, grind, boil, pour and filter not the least dubious of plant materials. And then, most of the time, the result doesnít even taste well! Ever tried to drink some cactus juice?

      If you think thatís all too much of a hassle, but still want to embark on one of those marvellous mind-bending journeys... donít be sad! Thereís an easy-peasy sneaky way out.

      We did some of the hard preparation work for you and put the results in a capsule. Easy to swallow and easy to dose. Our assortment contains more, but for now we want to highlight the following three psychedelic caps:

      Trip-E

      Trip-E

      The name Trip-E says it all. Let the wave carry you higher and higher. Be one with the universe. Be in a state of blissÖ

      Trip-E contains Hawaiian Baby Woodrose seeds (a source of LSA) and a bit of guarana for an extra energizing effect. Do not take more than 1 capsule per day and be patient: it might take a while before the effects kick in. The total effect usually lasts up to 8 hours.

      Utopia

      Utopia

      Utopia opens the doors to a higher world, with colourful visuals and dreamy sensations. It induces both relaxation and smooth psychedelic feelings; these synergistic effects make the trip an altogether pleasant experience.

      Utopia contains a potent combination of kratom extract and Hawaiian Baby Woodrose seeds (LSA) and is intended for psychonauts that take tripping seriously.

      Druids Fantasy

      Druids Fantasy

      A combination of Morning Glory (another source of LSA) and taurine will lead you off to far away mystical worlds. Each pack of Druids Fantasy contains 6 capsules of 800 mg each. Donít take more than two capsules at the time and see how they take effect on you.

      Pure nature

      Although it comes in the form of a capsule, all active ingredients are 100% natural.

      Trip responsibly

      Remember that tripping on psychedelics can be a very powerful, overwhelming experience. Always be mindful of dosage and use wisely.

      Bon voyage!

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